Bees: More Valuable Than a College Education
As parents and teachers, it is essential to remember, there is no better age to form positive learning attitudes than the preschool years. Unfortunately, as many parents find out the hard way, you simply can't turn back the clock and teach learning attitudes to a teenager. We believe strongly, the learning attitudes your child acquires during their preschool years in Tumble Bees have more bearing on their success than will their college education.
First Things First When Raising Kids
Child development experts know: for preschoolers, acquiring healthy learning skill is far more important than mastery of specific skills such as cartwheels. In Tumble Bees, gymnastics skills are used as tools to instill learning attitudes while skill mastery is a secondary goal. In Tumble Bees, we keep first things first.....kids!
A Critical Tumble Bee exclusive: EIGHT
We divide our Tumble Bee Program into eight separate age groups. At these tender ages, we believe small age divisions are necessary in order to create just the right learning environment for each stage of a child's development. Few organizations go to such lengths, but we have seen the benefits it offers our Tumble Bees.
All Tumble Bee classes are 45 minutes long.
Parent Participation Classes: 6 months thru 2 years
Our curriculum for the 6 months to 2 year olds is based on the Baby Bee's ABC's: Attach, Bond and Connect.
Research shows that early parent /child interaction greatly contributes to the healthy social, cognitive and physical development of your child. The Baby Bees program is strategically designed to provide an outlet for productive play with your child.
- BabyBees: About 6 Months - Pre-walking Baby Bees are learning how to manipulate their body, recognize their surroundings and how to play with objects.
This 30 minute class creates special parent/child bonding time through physical play and social interaction with other babies and mommies.
Months Tumble Bees are beginning to explore their surroundings and environment.
These toddlers are upright and moving! Our safe and fun baby gym is strategically designed to provide uninhibited exploration. Our lesson plans promote social interaction through parent-child bonding activities and gross motor play. Each class is designed for safety and curiosity of your little one, with equipment made especially for little bodies and big imaginations! You and your child will be guided through age specific-activities in a "no stress" environment. The W-18 month class is a great opportunity for you to share your first class experience with your child. Watch as her confidence soars while reaching many new milestones!
- 19-24 Months This class is designed for our older toddlers; those who are walking, running, exploring and ready for a bigger challenge.
Ready-Set-Go! This class will introduce your child to many new concepts such as circle time, sequencing activities and a trip into the BIG KID GYM. Parent-child activities, social interaction and gross motor play are an integral role to the curriculum of this class. Your child's confidence will grow as he becomes comfortable in a less confined class setting and more prepared for the transition to our two year old class.
- 2 Year Olds (Parent Participation) Welcome to the BIG GYM! Your two year old will have great fun in this high energy class.
Allowing the parent in the two year old class offers your child the opportunity to continue to learn at his developmental stage (through curiosity and exploration), and also with as much or as little guidance as necessary. This is not only a great class for parent/child bonding, but it proves to be a helpful transition to our parent-free three year old class. Our two year old class will foster healthy independence and confidence in your child. Teachers and parents will work together to introduce key concepts such as sharing, listening and following directions. Our fun activities are designed to improve gross motor skills..
No Parent Participation
- 3 Year Olds No parents here...our three year olds are on their own!
Our three year olds are developing independence, learning how to stay with a group and beginning to follow directions. Our primary (physical) focus is gross motor development, improving coordination & strength and early gymnastics fundamentals. Each week we will follow "themed lesson plans" to help your child learn to follow directions, gain body awareness, and develop gross motor strength and coordination. As these develop, so will a sense of confidence and independence that will set her up for success wherever she goes!
Year Olds The four year olds are on the move!
Four year olds are on the move! We continue to focus on gross motor development (coordination, strength, spatial awareness and body control) while adding more opportunities for developing early gymnastics fundamentals. His confidence will soar as improved strength, coordination and flexibility lead him to more challenging skill development.
- Pre K 4 1/2 to 5 years old (attending Kindergarten the following school year) Watch out, the Pre K kids are ready to learn!
Our Pre K class is designed for 4 1/2 to 5 year olds who follow directions and are ready for a faster paced class. At this age, your child has gained listening skills which allow for more opportunities to learn. Forward and backward rolling, cartwheels, and handstands begin to take shape. By creatively incorporating more skill development into our lesson plans, your child will get hooked on learning!
- Kinder Bees (currently in Kindergarten) Five and six year olds LOVE to be challenged! Whether trying a new skill, or going higher, faster or farther, our Kinder Bees will LOVE expanding on many of the skills that have been introduced in Tumble Bee classes. Remember parents, at this age all kids develop at their own pace. It is our goal to individualize activities when necessary to offer just the right balance of challenge and success for each Kinder Bee. Some of the gymnastics skills that our Kinder Bees will be trying to master include backward and straddle rolling, cartwheels, handstands, bridges and pullovers.
While physical skills are fun to learn, your Kinder Bee will also be taught how to apply principles such as respect, teamwork and responsibility in school, sports and even their daily life!
should my child wear?
Most girls wear a leotard. A t-shirt and active wear pants or shorts are OK for boys and girls. We prefer bare feet in order to make climbing easier. For general safety purposes please be sure that long hair is pulled back, and no jewelry. Food, drinks and gum are not allowed in the gymnastics area.
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